Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and embrace winter!! Is it really going to be cold and colder with ONE day of rain??
There are two informative and important NH Network January meetings. Each will unpack topics known to us, but with details to spur deeper understanding and action.
In addition, there are three opportunities to “Feed Your Brain.” The first one focuses on extended producer responsibility for reducing plastics, the second one is a congressional senate meeting on reducing plastics, and the third one is a White House playbook for accessing IRA funding.
While we are “talking plastics” please check out the Ten Towns • Ten Actions Toolkit webpage.
Network link explaining transactive energy
Preregistration required, register here: TRANSACTIVE ENERGY Registration
or type in: bit.ly/NHN-transactive-energy
We have heard a lot lately about “smart electric grids,” which can unlock the potential of Transactive Energy to coordinate our many new distributed energy resources, such as solar panels, batteries, and electric vehicles. Transactive Energy is expected to improve local grid operations, reduce peak grid loads and energy prices, and minimize the need to expand the local electric utility grid. The NH Electric Cooperative is currently conducting pilot scale Transactive Energy projects to demonstrate the potential of this new technology. Plan on attending NH Network’s January 13th meeting to hear about this exciting new work by the Cooperative, and what it might mean for the wider New Hampshire.
Parts of our electric grid are now over 100 years old, and none of it was designed for the proliferation of energy resources we’re now experiencing. Employing Transactive Energy on our electric grids is expected to lower electric consumers’ utility bills, potentially saving NH consumers millions of dollars a year.
Link to Flyer, TRANSACTIVE ENERGY
Link to this Media Advisory Media Advisory, TRANSACTIVE ENERGY
Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 — 7 to 8:30 pm (Q and A at 8 pm) - Community Power
A Transformative Energy Solution for New Hampshire.
What your town, city or county need to know to participate.
Register to attend, by zoom or in person: climate-action-NH
or type in: bit.ly/climate-action-NH
NH communities pay soaring energy prices, due to over-reliance on natural gas for generating the bulk of our electricity, a lack of forward-looking state energy policies, and outdated electric utility restructuring laws.
Community Power gives NH communities control of their energy supply decision-making including: access to potentially less costly electricity, development of innovative local energy supply projects, and benefits to local and state economies.
This event brings together leading proponents, organizers and providers of Community Power to explain the who, what, when and how for others to seize this unique opportunity.
Hear from: Clifton Below, Asst Mayor of Lebanon ● Henry Herndon, energy consultant ● Don Kreis, NH Consumer Advocate ● Joshua Bourdon, Founder Derry NetZero Task Force ● Jeff Moulton, chair of Derry NetZero Task Force ● Bart Fromuth, Freedom Energy Logistics ● Stuart Ormsbee, Colonial Power Group ● Terry Clark, Cheshire County Commissioner ● Lisa Sweet, Rye Energy Committee ● Joe Kwasnik, moderator, NH Network Legislative Work Group
Globally, packaging EPR programs are the most common, more than electronics, household hazardous waste, appliances, or any of the other programs developed to date. More than one billion people live in places where consumer goods companies pay some or all of the costs of packaging collection and recycling. With the exception of container-deposit laws (also known as “bottle bills”), the United States is the only country out of 34 members to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that does not have EPR for packaging programs established. Even non-OECD countries including Russia, Taiwan and several South American countries have passed and are implementing EPR for packaging programs.
However, EPR for packaging is gaining in popularity here in the U.S. and could be part of the solution to our growing packaging waste and plastic pollution crisis, but only if it is designed correctly. In theory, shifting costs from taxpayers to the companies encourages companies to use less packaging and choose items that are more recyclable. But EPR will only achieve these outcomes if the legislation includes specific reduction requirements and standards for recyclability, recycled content and elimination of toxic substances.
For example, the European Union has had an EPR for packaging directive in place for years but has seen no reduction in packaging waste during that time although recycling rates have improved. Many EU countries are now adding specific waste reduction targets to their EPR systems in an attempt to improve the effectiveness of their programs.
The plastics and packaging producers see the writing on the wall – the public is demanding solutions to the ubiquitous problem of plastic pollution. In a recent global survey by the market research company IPSOS, 75% of respondents said they want single-use plastics banned.
Unfortunately, the plastics and packaging producers are now aggressively trying to co-opt EPR by throwing their support behind weak bills and seizing an opportunity to look like they’re doing something without doing much of anything. Many of the EPR for packaging bills backed by the industry put the polluters in the driver's seat and ask them to self-regulate. Can you imagine asking the tobacco industry to solve the smoking problem? Or asking fossil fuel companies to solve climate change? It simply won’t work.
The White House released the first edition of a new resource titled Building a Clean Energy Economy: A Guidebook to the Inflation Reduction Act’s Investments in Clean Energy and Climate Action, which provides clear descriptions of the law’s tax incentives and funding programs to build a clean energy economy, lower energy costs, tackle climate change, and reduce harmful pollution. The Guidebook will help state, local, territorial, and Tribal leaders, the private sector, non-profit organizations, homeowners, and communities better understand how they can benefit from these investments and unlock the full potential of the law. The Guidebook walks through the law program-by-program and provides background on each program’s purpose, eligibility requirements, period of availability, and other key details.
In a letter at the beginning of the Guidebook, John Podesta, President Biden’s Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation, said:
“When President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law in August 2022, he said the new law ‘is not just about today, it’s about tomorrow. It’s about delivering progress and prosperity to American families.’ The Inflation Reduction Act makes a historic commitment to build a new clean energy economy, powered by American innovators, American workers, and American manufacturers, that will create good-paying, union jobs and cut the pollution that is fueling the climate crisis and driving environmental injustice.”
The Inflation Reduction Act Guidebook follows the successful model of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook and creates a roadmap for the clean energy and climate funding available under the law at the program level.
Since President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act four months ago, his administration has been working quickly to design, develop, and implement its programs. This Guidebook provides information on current and prospective clean energy and climate programs. In the coming weeks and months, new developments will be published on www.CleanEnergy.gov to keep stakeholders and potential beneficiaries up to date on the latest deadlines and details.
The Inflation Reduction Act builds on the foundational climate and clean energy investments in President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Through his historic legislative accomplishments, along with key executive actions and international leadership, the Administration is delivering on the President’s ambitious climate agenda centered on workers, families, and communities. President Biden has made transparent communication and open engagement top priorities as a means to ensure successful implementation and to fully unlock the unprecedented benefits of the law. This Guidebook is critical step toward delivering on that vision.
To view the Guidebook in full, click here.
Here’s what leaders have to say about the new Inflation Reduction Act Guidebook:
New York Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair, U.S. Climate Alliance: "States are leading the way to a cleaner, greener climate and with the extraordinary investments made possible through the IRA, we're getting ready to transform our states and our country. Thanks to the hard work of President Biden, Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, New York and the United States are poised to rapidly reduce emissions, support green jobs, save money for hard-working Americans, and improve the health of our communities. This new resource is a critical tool to help get the job done."
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston, Texas: “Cities have long been on the frontlines of climate change, but the federal support provided by the Inflation Reduction Act will allow us to take action like never before. We thank Congress and President Biden for passing such historic legislation and providing guidance to lawmakers which will light the path forward to justice driven environmental policies, clean energy economies and a livable planet for all.”
Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, Madison, Wisconsin, Co-Chair of Climate Mayors: “As the incoming Chair of Climate Mayors, I am pleased that Congress and the White House are delivering critical resources for climate action in the form of the historic Inflation Reduction act, and providing strong guidance for policy makers. We are eager to begin implementing the Inflation Reduction Act at the local level and will be making use of the climate provisions, rebates, and tax breaks within it to better the lives of people in our communities while also securing a sustainable, resilient, and prosperous future for all.”
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): “The Inflation Reduction Act is the most robust and forward-looking climate bill ever enacted. Solar and storage companies are eager for clear guidance on the bill so they can focus on creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs for all Americans and deploying low-cost, reliable energy in communities across the country. Timely, easy to understand discussion of this transformative – but complex – new law is exactly what consumers and industry alike need and we look forward to referring to the IRA Guidebook for this valuable information as we work with other allies to build an equitable and just clean energy future.”
Lori Lodes, Executive Director, Climate Power: "Passing the Inflation Reduction Act was an historic victory in the fight against climate change. Now, it's time for the hard work of implementing the law and making sure people understand how the climate and clean energy investments will positively impact their lives and keep their communities healthy and strong. Cleaner, cheaper, American-made energy is taking off. The guidebook is a critical resource to help people and communities get the information needed to use the incentives found in the climate law."
Faye Park, President, U.S. PIRG: “The new Implementation Guidebook for the Inflation Reduction Act makes it clear: Consumers, cities, states, businesses and community organizations now have myriad opportunities to reduce pollution that makes us sick and worsens global warming. Cities can swap dirty buses and garbage trucks for clean electric ones. Your favorite home chef can get a clean electric or induction stove that doesn't increase the risk of asthma for their kids. All of us can save energy in our homes and businesses. We encourage everyone to use this great resource to learn more."
Lisa Frank, Executive Director, Washington Legislative Office, Environment America: “Climate change is a problem that impacts all of us. Now, the Inflation Reduction Act helps us all be part of the solution too, by making it cheaper and easier for Americans to go solar, purchase an electric vehicle or weatherize their home. This new implementation guidebook will help raise awareness of new tax incentives and other programs we can use to take President Biden up on this historic offer to save energy, save money and save the planet. We're excited to put it to work.”
David Masur, Executive Director, PennEnvironment: "The Inflation Reduction Act's tax credits and climate programs will help Pennsylvanians breathe cleaner air, make their homes more energy efficient and expand our use of clean, renewable energy. Thanks to the new Implementation Guidebook, it'll be easier for cities, school districts, community organizations and all Pennsylvanians to understand and utilize these beneficial programs."